TekSmartLab is the industry's first network-based instrument management solution for teaching labs, enabling a more efficient lab experience. With the TekSmartLab, instructors, students, and lab managers all benefit from improved connectivity, workflow, and automation.
- Easy to setup with industrial reliability
- Intuitive instructor - course - exercise organization
- Centralized monitoring and remote assistance
- Online editing and submission of test reports
- Automatic instrument asset information recording
- Lab managers can efficiently manage lab instruments:
- Setup configurations of large fleets of instruments with one click
- Capture instrument asset information automatically
- Instructors can manage teaching work flow more efficiently:
- Instrument configuration can be saved and distributed to all the instruments when required
- Monitor and control the lab instruments remotely to assist the students
- Define report templates and have them load automatically when students are using smart devices
- Students can interact with their lessons seamlessly:
- Retrieve and save test results wirelessly via smart devices
- Edit and submit test reports electronically
- Download materials that are on the lab server (lab procedures, videos, and more)
- Basic teaching laboratory
TekSmartLab network diagram
The image below shows the TekSmartLab system setup. Communication with the TSL3000B is over the local WI-FI network through a suitable wireless router.
In traditional teaching labs, connecting instruments to a network can be challenging, building an internal network through cables is tedious, and many lab instruments do not have a LAN port.
Tektronix TekSmartLab is different: On each bench, the TBX3000A connects and controls instruments through USB cables, and communicates with the TSL3000B software on the lab server via the wireless network. The TBX3000A has a LAN port (standard), and can support a WI-FI connection when equipped with a compatible USB-WIFI dongle, such as TEK-USB-WIFI.
On the lab server, the TSL3000B communicates with the TBX3000A on each bench. The TSL3000B gives instructors centralized control of large fleets of instruments and gives students the ability to retrieve test results, and edit test reports online.
Campus level TekSmartLab
When one lab manager must manage multiple labs, it can be a challenge to manage all of the instruments efficiently since the lab manager needs to spend time visiting each of the different labs. With campus level TekSmartLab, the lab manager can centrally control and monitor the instruments in different labs remotely from his own office.
Campus level TekSmartLab network diagram
As shown in the example above, TekSmartLab systems are setup in each of the labs and the lab servers are connected to a local area network, such as a campus network. TekSmartLab software is installed on the lab manager's computer, which is connected to the same local area network.
When the IP addresses of lab servers and lab manager computers can communicate with each properly, lab manager can access to the lab server in certain lab, and centrally control and monitor the instruments in that lab remotely.
Easy to setup with industrial reliability
TekSmartLab can be easily setup via WI-FI without laying LAN cables. Without any configuration, instruments are recognized automatically by the system when they are connected to the system.
For the labs which have already equipped with Tektronix and Keithley instruments, instructors can smoothly update their labs to TekSmartLab as most of the Tektronix and Keithley teaching lab instruments are supported, even some instruments that have been phased out in the last five years (seeSpecifications).
Instead of controlling all the instruments by lab server directly, the TBX3000A on each bench controls the instruments connected to it. Using the TekSmartLab is an efficient and stable way to work. The TBX3000A, which is based on the Tektronix oscilloscope platform, works seamlessly with Tektronix and Keithley instruments, assuring the industrial reliability of the entire system.
Course and exercise based applications
TekSmartLab uses an instructor - course - exercise oriented hierarchy, an organization familiar to instructors at most universities: Instructors have different courses, and within each course there are different exercises. New exercises are easily created using the instructor name and course name, and easily selected with the same information.
Applications, like saved configuration, exercise material sharing, and report templates, for instance, are linked to specific exercises.
Instructors can setup the configurations of the instruments and distribute them to over 100 instruments with a single click. Instrument configuration changes can be made and delivered anytime; for example, the Autoset function can be disabled to encourage students to learn how to manually adjust an oscilloscope to display the correct waveform.
Instrument configuration can also be saved into a specific exercise and recalled when the exercise is selected.
When the TBS1000B-EDU series oscilloscopes are connected to the system, the courseware contents, as well as instrument firmware, can be updated remotely, a manual update for each instrument via USB thumb drives before.
Centralized monitoring and remote assistance
With TekSmartLab, the physical bench layout and lab layout is easily emulated: The number and type of the instruments on the bench can be setup, and the location of each bench within the lab can be customized.
Instructors can easily monitor the status of all instruments during the experiment: Green signifies that the instrument is working, gray signifies no connection, and red signifies an error. An instructor can check on or help a specific bench by clicking the corresponding bench icon.
Clicking a bench icon displays the readouts and key configuration settings for the instruments on that bench.
Retrieving and saving test reports online
In a traditional teaching lab, when students need to save test results they typically take snapshots of oscilloscopes and download those to a USB thumb drive or, more often, use a mobile device to take the picture. The result is that the quality of test results is not consistent and test results are difficult to archive for future access.
TekSmartLab provides a more intelligent approach for editing and submitting test reports online: The TSL3000B server software creates a web page available in the local network for each bench. Each web page can be conveniently accessed by bench-specific IP address.
With TSL3000B, instructors can change the IP address to QR (quick response) codes, and place it permanently as a printed sticker on each bench.
Students can login in to the web page using their mobile device to scan the QR code or by inputting the IP address in the web browser of their laptops. Once logged in, students can easily edit and submit test reports online.
When students create a new test report, the report template, created by instructor and saved on the server, is loaded automatically.
When students edit their test reports, test results, like snapshots of the oscilloscope retrieved wirelessly, can be inserted at any time.
The test report can be downloaded locally or archived on the lab server for future access.
Sharing exercise material online
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TekSmartLab integrates FTP into the distribution of materials, allowing instructors to easily share any type of exercise materials, whether they are PowerPoint, Word, or even video, to students efficiently.
Once instructors load exercise materials onto the lab server, students can download them though the lab server web page onto their smart devices.
Automatic instrument asset information recording
In conventional teaching labs, the asset manager manually checks and records information such as instrument model numbers, serial numbers, and locations. Detailed information like the length of usage can only be estimated by experience or by keeping usage logs.
The TekSmartLab solution automatically records and displays asset information, including time in use. Just one click archives the asset and usage information. TekSmartLab dramatically increases asset management accuracy compared to previous methods and makes managing lab assets much more efficient.
Sample TekSmartLab configuration
The following shows a sample setup of a TekSmartLab system with 15 benches and 60 instruments connected through WI-FI.
|TSL3000B-FL||1||Tektronix||One per lab, installed on lab server.|
|TBX3000A||15||Tektronix||One per bench.|
|Instruments||60||Tektronix||Supported Tektronix or Keithley instruments, one oscilloscope, one arbitrary function generator, one digital multimeter, and one power supply per bench. Option 2231A-001 required for the power supply 2231A-30-3.|
|TEK-USB-WIFI||15||Tektronix||USB-WIFI dongle installed on TBX3000A.|
|WIFI router 1||1||Provided by customer||TP-LINK TL-ER604W or other WIFI Router that can meet WI-FI networking requirements.|
|Lab server||1||Provided by customer||Refer to system requirements.|
1To use WI-FI on systems with more than 15 benches, it is recommended to setup the WI-FI network by wired router and access points instead of a WIFI router.
All specifications are guaranteed unless noted otherwise. All specifications apply to all models unless noted otherwise.
- General characteristics
- Max instruments connected
- 6, by USB cables
- Compatible USB-WIFI dongle
- LAN Port
6 – Instrument status indicators
1 – Wi-Fi connection status indicator
1 – System status indicator
- Environmental characteristics
Operating. 0 °C to 40 °C
Non-operating. -20 °C to +60 °C
Operating. (Low) 0 °C to 40 °C, 10% to 90% relative humidity
Non-operating. (High) 40 °C to 60 °C, 5% to 60% relative humidity; (Low) 0 °C to 40 °C, 5% to 90% relative humidity.
Operating. Up to 3,000 m (10,000 ft.)
Non-operating. Up to 15,240 m (50,000 ft.)
- Regulatory compliance
- EMC compliance
EN61326, Class A.
- Power consumption
- Maximum 15 W
- Physical characteristics
Dimension mm in Height 31 1.22 Width 127 5.0 Depth 127 5.0 Weight kg lb Net 0.24 0.53 Shipping 1.07 2.36
TSL3000B general characteristics
- Maximum benches supported
- Maximum instruments supported
- 600 (six instruments per bench)
- Bench layout emulation
- Select bench layout template (from 1 to 6 instruments), select instrument type
- Laboratory layout emulation
- Add, Delete, Bench Number
- Large fleet configuration
- By exercise, by instrument type
- Supported instruments
Tektronix TBS1000B-EDU series
Tektronix TDS2000C series
Tektronix DPO/MSO2000B series (oscilloscope function only)
Tektronix MDO3000 series (oscilloscope function and spectrum analyzer function only)
- Arbitrary function generators
Tektronix AFG1000 series
Tektronix AFG3000C series
- Digital multimeters
Tektronix DMM4000 series
- Power supplies
Keithley 2231A-30-3 (requires Option 2231A-001)
- Discontinued instruments
Tektronix TDS1000B series
Tektronix TDS1000C-SC series
Tektronix TDS1000C-EDU series
- General functions
- Check status, preset, record model number, S/N, time of use and location
- Oscilloscope functions
Analog channel ON/OFF
Digital channel ON/OFF (MSO2000 and MDO3000 with digital channel option only)
Set/Check input coupling (AC, DC, Ground)
Set/Check input attenuation
Set/Check horizontal/vertical resolution and scale
Set/Check trigger level (support Edge trigger only)
Set/Check cursors (support time and amplitude mode only)
Set/Check measurement (Frequency, Period, Rise time, Fall Time, Positive Pulse Width, Negative Pulse Width, Peak to Peak, Amplitude, Maximum, Minimum, High, Low, Positive Overshot, Negative Overshot, Mean, RMS)
Waveform update (analog channel only)
Courseware contents and firmware remote update (support for the TBS1000B-EDU series only)
- Spectrum Analyzer funtions (MDO3000 series only)
Set/Check start/stop frequency, center frequency, span
Set/Check reference level
Set/Check RBW mode, RBW value, window
Manual/Peak markers ON/OFF
- Arbitrary Function Generator (AFG) functions
- Set/Check carrier waveform (support Sine, Pulse, Ramp, Square, Noise, DC waveforms)
Set/Check carrier frequency, amplitude, phase, pulse width (for Pulse only), symmetry (for Ramp only)
Set/Check modulating type: AM, FM, PM, FSK, Sweep, Burst
Set/Check output impedance, voltage limit
- Digital Multimeter functions
- Set/Check measurement function: DCI, DCV, ACI, ACV, Ohm (2 wires, 4 wires), Frequency, Period, Temperature
Set/Check Auto/Manual range, Integration Time, Auto Zero, Detector Bandwidth, Reference, Digital Filter
Check measurement result
- Power supply functions
- Set/Check setting voltage/current
Check output voltage/current (resolution 3 decimal digits)
- Test report online editing and submitting function
- QR code generation
- Web browser access
- Test report template format
- Created test report format
- Test report edit functions
- Create a new report, edit text, insert oscilloscope snapshot, insert instrument setting, submit report, download report
- System requirements
- Operating system
- Win 7 Professional (Enterprise or Ultimate), Win 8.1 Professional (Enterprise), Win 10 Professional (Enterprise)
- Dual core 2.3 GHz or above
- 4 GB DDR3 or above
- Hard disk
- 200 GB (minimum)
- Screen resolution
- 1366 x 768 or above
- Web service
- IIS6.0 or above (supplied with system)
- SQL Server 2014 Express (free download from the Microsoft website)
- WI-FI networking requirements (for labs with 15 benches)
- 802.11n, 2.4 GHz, 300 Mbps data transfer rate
- Signal level
- >= -50 dBm
- Signal to noise
- >= 35 dB
- Max clients accessed
- >=31 (15 clients are TBX3000A, 15 clients are students' mobile devices, and one client for the lab server)
- TekSmartLab™ hardware
- TekSmartLab™ software, floating license
How to order
TekSmartLab™ software is available for download atwww.tek.com/downloads.
In July 2017, the license policy and nomenclature was changed for TekSmartLab™ software. The legacy system with TSL3000B will continue to be supported in the software, so there is no need to change your current licenses when upgrading to the latest version software.
The new application license with TSL3000B-FL offers floating licenses (FL) that can be checked in and out of the Tektronix Asset Management System (Tek AMS) on the Tektronix website.
TBX3000A power plug options
|A4||240v North America|
|A99||No Power Cord or AC Adapter|
TBX3000A service options
- Repair Service 5 years
- 3 years
- This dongle is certified to comply with CE, FCC and IC regulations. Available in Australia, Canada, China, EU Region, New Zealand, and United States.